Why Black People Are Droppin’ Like Flies Because Of Diabetes
If I could sum it up in one word, I would say that many African-Americans are D.E.A.D. inside. They may be alive physically, but, they’re D.E.A.D. emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually.
D.E.A.D. stands for:
Denial: Some African-Americans live in denial. They deny that their grandparents, parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives have or had diabetes. They deny that they need to make any lifestyle changes. They deny that diabetes is going to catch up with them.
Ego: Some African-Americans believe that “they’re special” and that they won’t become diabetic. Others don’t believe that someone iin their own race is intelligent enough to help them. This is part of the “self-hate “complex that blacks have about themselves. Of course, blacks deny that this complex exists, but studies indicate otherwise.
Apathy: Some African-Americans give up and accept the fact that there is nothing that they can do to prevent diabetes or successfully fight their diabetes. Others are weak emotionally or lack the emotional support from family and friends. Some are weak-minded and lack the discipline and will power to even want to fight the disease. Others love eating the toxic, fattening fast foods from McDonald’s, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc. Also, it’s easier to drive to KFC and pickup some chicken and mash potatoes than it is to steam some vegetables and bake some wild salmon at home. In addition, (on the surface) it appears that KFC is a lot cheaper than wild salmon — if you exclude the medical costs associated with being diabetic.
Disbelief: Some African-Americans don’t believe that you can successfully fight and reverse this disease. As a result, they don’t do the research to find out that thousands of people have actually defeated their diabetes. Others are shocked when their doctor tells them that they’re diabetic.
Note: To counteract being D.E.A.D., you have to be A.L.I.V.E. Read the Solution section of this web page for more details.
Why African-Americans Suffer Unnecessarily
In the African-American and Latino-American communities, there is a lack of awareness and interest in health, especially alternative health. That’s why it’s important to tell people about Mr. McCulley’s story — so that people learn that there is real hope out there.
For example, have you noticed the increase in the use of African-Americans in pharmaceutical TV commercials about diabetes and high blood pressure? During the past 20 years, did you notice the increase in the use of hip-hop music in fast-food ads by McDonald’s, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried Chicken? So, who do you think these ‘hip-hop’ commercials were targeting? It certainly wasn’t Caucasian-Americans!
These ‘targeted’ food commercials combined with other restrictions in our country (employment, access to fresh foods, education, racism) transformed African-American and Latino-American adults and children into an overweight/obese population that became addicted to fast foods, soda, and other convenience processed foods. That overweight/obese population was then transformed into a “diseased” population of people struggling with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, kidney failure, heart attacks, and strokes.
Why Do So Many African-Americans Have High Blood Pressure?
The key reasons include: poor eating habits, lack of knowledge about superior nutrition, lack of awareness about healthy soul foods, reliance on prescription drugs, and living a stressful life.
Countless studies show that stressful environments and situations raise blood pressure. And few things are as consistently stressful as being black in this country. By almost every measurable social category — such as income, infant mortality, education, incarceration rates and employment — blacks fare poorly, making everyday life a constant struggle. Only a buried-head ostrich would say that racial discrimination does not play a role in many African Americans’ poor health.
Disease Statistics for Black America
Health Conditions: In 2005, the death rate for African Americans was higher than Whites for heart diseases, stroke, cancer, asthma, influenza and pneumonia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and homicide.
- In 2004, African American men were 1.4 times as likely to have new cases of lung and prostate cancer, compared to non-Hispanic white men.
- African American men were twice as likely to have new cases of stomach cancer as non-Hispanic white men.
- African Americans men had lower 5-year cancer survival rates for lung and pancreatic cancer, compared to non-Hispanic white men.
- In 2005, African American men were 2.4 times as likely to die from prostate cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white men.
- In 2005, African American women were 10% less likely to have been diagnosed with breast cancer, however, they were 34% more likely to die from breast cancer, compared to non-Hispanic white women.
- African American women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with stomach cancer, and they were 2.4 times as likely to die from stomach cancer, compared to non-Hispanic white women.
- American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures for African Americans 2004-2005
- Blacks have approximately 30 to 40% more cancer and in some cases a 250% higher death rate than Whites).
- Life expectancy for Black men is 68.6 years old compared to 75.0 for White men (6.4 year difference) and Black women are 75.5 versus 80.2 for White women (4.7 Year Difference) This is a “six year discrepancy” for men and almost a “five year discrepancy” for women.
- African American adults were 1.9 times more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.
- In 2002, African American men were 2.1 times as likely to start treatment for end-stage renal disease related to diabetes, compared to non-Hispanic white men.
- In 2003, diabetic African Americans were 1.7 times as likely as diabetic Whites to be hospitalized.
- In 2005, African Americans were 2.2 times as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to die from diabetes.
Heart Disease Facts
- In 2005, African American men were 30% more likely to die from heart disease, as compared to non-Hispanic white men.
- African Americans were 1.4 times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure.
- African American women are 1.7 times as likely as non-Hispanic white women to be obese.
- Although African Americans make up only 13% of the total U.S. population, they accounted for 47% of HIV/AIDS cases in 2006.
- African American males had more than 7 times the AIDS rate of non-Hispanic white males.
- African American females had more than 21 times the AIDS rate of non-Hispanic white females.
- African American men were more than 9 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as non-Hispanic white men.
- African American women were more than 20 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as non-Hispanic white women.
- In 2005, African Americans aged 65 and older were 40% less likely to have received the influenza (flu) shot in the past 12 months, compared to non-Hispanic whites of the same age group.
- In 2005, African American adults aged 65 and older were 30% less likely to have ever received the pneumonia shot, compared to non-Hispanic white adults of the same age group.
- Although African American children aged 19 to 35 months had comparable rates of immunization for hepatitis, influenza, MMR, and polio, they were slightly less likely to be fully immunized, when compared to non-Hispanic white children.
- For more statistics on African Americans and immunization, please click here
- Infant Mortality Facts
- In 2005, African Americans had 2.3 times the infant mortality rate of non-Hispanic whites.
- African American infants were almost four times as likely to die from causes related to low birth weight, compared to non-Hispanic white infants.
- African Americans had 1.8 times the sudden infant death syndrome mortality rate as non-Hispanic whites.
- African American mothers were 2.6 times as likely as non-Hispanic white mothers to begin prenatal care in the 3rd trimester, or not receive prenatal care at all.
- The infant mortality rate for African American mothers with over 13 years of education was almost three times that of Non-Hispanic White mothers in 2004.
- African American adults are twice as likely than their White adult counterparts to have a stroke.
- African American males were 60% more likely to die from a stroke than their White adult counterparts.
- Analysis from a CDC health interview survey reveals that African American stroke survivors were more likely to become disabled and have difficulty with activities of daily living than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.
African-Americans and Social Factors
Most black people are familiar with the phrase DWB – Driving While Black. I have a new phrase that uses the same letters: Dying While Black.
At almost every income level, African-Americans are sicker than whites and dying at a significantly higher rate. Black men live on average 9 years less than white men. Black men have shorter live spans than men in Chile, Barbados, Bahamas or Jamaica. Black women live on average years 6 less than white women. Black women have shorter live spans than women in Barbados, Panama, Bosnia and the Bahamas. Infant mortality rates are 2 times higher for blacks. A racist commented that African Americans should be grateful for being in the United States, yet, African-Americans have more low-birth weight infants than women in Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda.
Social factors more than any other type of factors fuels the inequality of health status between Blacks and Whites in the United States. These social factors include: wealth/income, education, physical environment, healthcare, housing employment, stress and racism/discrimination. In fact, racism is so dominant a factor, that middle class blacks have poorer health than some less well-off whites due to the stress of living in a racist discriminatory society.
Chris Rock, the black comedian, once said: “Once I became successful, I asked a homeless white man if he wanted to be me –rich and black. The white person said: “No thanks, I think I’ve got a good thing going here (being white).”
Of course, using racism as an excuse only creates a vicious cycle of apathy and self-victimization. There are too many examples of blacks who have overcome the challenges and barriers despite the odds of growing up poor in an economically-drained community. I believe these challenges can make you or break you. What’s that saying? “Whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.”
Luckily for me and my brothers and sisters, we had strong parents who didn’t accept failure. My father told us: “You have 2 choices – to be a victim or a victor – it’s up to you. But, since you’re livin’ rent-free under my roof, you only have one choice – you will go to school and get A’s and B’s – you will be victors in this society, even if it kills you.”
Many blacks experience some form of passive racism when they visit the doctor or the hospital. It’s not that doctors and nurses are bad people. In fact, they are good people who helped to save my life. In fact, I wrote a letter to the personnel department of the hospital thanking the doctors and especially one of the nurses for saving my life.
However, during my visit to the endocrinologist, the endocrinologist assumed that I didn’t understand anything about diabetes and blood glucose testing, and so he talked down to me. When I tried to show the endocrinologist the analysis I had done with my blood glucose data, the doctor pooh-poohed me, and told me that I didn’t have the necessary knowledge to reduce my insulin dosage.
Three months later, I had reduced my insulin shots from 4 a day to 1 a day, and then eventually to no shots. But, instead of being happy for me, the doctor was angry. Why? It wasn’t racism – it had more to do with money – the fact that the doctor wouldn’t be able to make any more money pushing his drugs onto me.
When I was growing up, I received a lot of support from various white people including teachers and other professionals. As a result, I believe that although racism exists, you can overcome it via hard work. In fact, my father told us to accept the fact that although racism exists, he would not allow his sons to use it as an excuse for not getting A’s and B’s in school. My father told himme: “Son, you will just have to work harder, smarter and longer than the other kids. That’s just the way it is.” My father worked 3 jobs, so I had a strong work ethic that my father had passed down to us children.
Ironically, that strong work ethic from my father helped me deal with my diabetes, and realize that I had to work harder, smarter and longer if I wanted to defeat this disease – and, I did, thanks to my wise father.
Note: Black people (African-Americans) used to be pretty healthy 50-60 years ago. And, further back — during slavery times — black people were even healthier. The primary reason why black people weren’t living that long had more to do with the hangings, beatings, and overt racism – not how they ate or exercised. But, today that has changed – we’re not getting hanged as much, but we’re still dying just as fast.
One of the keys to understanding “Why Black People Are Droppin’ Like Flies” requires us to understand their ancestry and culture.
Culture is defined as the thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups.
Because health care is a cultural construct, arising from beliefs about the nature of disease and the human body, cultural issues are actually central in the delivery of health services treatment and preventive interventions. By understanding, valuing, and incorporating the cultural differences of America’s diverse population and examining one’s own health-related values and beliefs, health care organizations, practitioners, and others can support a health care system that responds appropriately to, and directly serves the unique needs of populations whose cultures may be different from the prevailing culture.
African American culture in the United States refers to the cultural contributions of African ethnic groups to the culture of the United States, either as part of or distinct from American culture. The distinct identity of African American culture is rooted in the historical experience of the African American people, including the Middle Passage, and thus the culture retains a distinct identity while at the same time it is enormously influential to American culture as a whole.
African American culture is rooted in Africa and is a blend of chiefly sub-Saharan African and Sahelean cultures. Although slavery greatly restricted the ability of Africans in America to practice their cultural traditions, many practices, values, and beliefs survived and over time have modified or blended with European American culture. There are even some facets of African American culture that were accentuated by the slavery period. The result is a dynamic culture that has had and continues to have a profound impact on mainstream American culture, as well as the culture of the broader world.
The Legacy of African-American Cuisine
Popular southern foods, such as the vegetable okra (brought to New Orleans by African slaves), are often attributed to the importation of goods from Africa, or by way of Africa, the West Indies, and the slave trade. Okra, which is the principal ingredient in the popular Creole stew referred to as gumbo, is believed to have spiritual and healthful properties. Rice and seafood (along with sausage or chicken), and filé (a sassafras powder inspired by the Choctaw Indians) are also key ingredients in gumbo. Other common foods that are rooted in African-American culture include black-eyed peas, benne seeds (sesame), eggplant, sorghum (a grain that produces sweet syrup and different types of flour), watermelon, and peanuts.
Though southern food is typically known as “soul food” many African Americans contend that soul food consists of African-American recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, just like other African-American rituals. The legacy of African and West Indian culture is imbued in many of the recipes and food traditions that remain popular today. The staple foods of African Americans, such as rice, have remained largely unchanged since the first Africans and West Indians set foot in the New World, and the southern United States, where the slave population was most dense, has developed a cooking culture that remains true to the African-American tradition. This cooking is aptly named southern cooking, the food, or soul food.
Over the years, many have interpreted the term soul food based on current social issues facing the African-American population, such as the civil rights movement. Many civil rights advocates believe that using this word perpetuates a negative connection between African Americans and slavery. However, as Doris Witt notes in her book Black Hunger (1999), the “soul” of the food refers loosely to the food’s origins in Africa.
In his 1962 essay “Soul Food,” Amiri Baraka makes a clear distinction between southern cooking and soul food. To Baraka, soul food includes chitterlings (pronounced chitlins), pork chops, fried porgies, potlikker, turnips, watermelon, black-eyed peas, grits, hoppin’ John, hushpuppies, okra, and pancakes. Today, many of these foods are limited among African Americans to holidays and special occasions. Southern food, on the other hand, includes only fried chicken, sweet potato pie, collard greens, and barbecue, according to Baraka. The idea of what soul food is seems to differ greatly among African Americans.
General Dietary Influences
In 1992 it was reported that there is little difference between the type of foods eaten by whites and African Americans. There have, however, been large changes in the overall quality of the diet of African Americans since the 1960s – which has fueled the increase in cancer rates and the diabetes epidemic in African-Americans. In 1965, African Americans were more than twice as likely as whites to eat a diet that met the recommended guidelines for fat, fiber, and fruit and vegetable intakes.
By 1996, however, 28 percent of African-Americans were reported to have a poor-quality diet, compared to 16 percent of whites, and 14 percent of other racial groups. The diet of African Americans is particularly poor for children two to ten years old, for older adults, and for those from a low socioeconomic background. Of all racial groups, African Americans have the most difficulty in eating diets that are low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This represents an immense change in diet quality. Some explanations for this include: (1) the greater market availability of packaged and processed foods; (2) the high cost of fresh fruit, vegetables, and lean cuts of meat; (3) the common practice of frying food and using fats in cooking; and (4) lack of knowledge about real nutrition.
Compared to Caucasians, African-Americans have 1.8 times the rate of fatal stroke, 1.5 times the risk of fatal heart disease, and 4.2 times the rates of end-stage kidney disease. In general, about 34% percent of African American men and women have hypertension; it may account for over 40% of all deaths in this group.
African-Americans have a higher risk for an impaired response to angiotensin (AngII), which is a peptide important in regulating salt and water balances. African-Americans are more likely to be salt-sensitive than other groups.
Social and income disparities and dietary issues may explain many of the differences in blood pressure rates observed between ethnic groups. For example, while African Americans have a disproportionately high rate of hypertension, one study in rural African villages, where diets are rich in fish, reported only a 3% rate of high blood pressure among inhabitants.” (Hypertension Health Information-NY Times Health)
Researchers suggest that African Americans and recent African immigrants to America have inherited a “thrifty gene” from their African ancestors. Years ago, this gene enabled Africans, during “feast and famine” cycles, to use food energy more efficiently when food was scarce. Today, with fewer “feast and famine” cycles, the thrifty gene that developed for survival may instead make weight control more difficult. This genetic predisposition, along with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), often occurs together with the generic tendency toward high blood pressure.” (Diabetes and African-Americans)
Exploitation of African-Americans by Western Medicine
It is important that African-Americans with Type 2 diabetes or any disease driven by a nutrient deficiency realize that they are subject to multiple socio-cultural, medical and environmental influences on their eating and other health-related behaviors. This is true for all ethnic cultures in the U.S.
Just as important, African-Americans and other cultures have been falsely led by the medical profession to believe that their Type 2 diabetes is hereditary. This is far from the truth. This is dangerous thinking because some African-Americans “give up” because they believe that they can’t defeat a disease that’s “in their blood”.
In addition, despite the fact that African-Americans were mistreated by the medical profession (e.g. Tuskegee syphilis experiment, 1932-1972), a large majority of African-Americans have a strong (false) belief in the medical profession and their drugs. Not to make excuses, but many African-Americans do not have the “luxury” to make better choices about their food, when they have to overcome the reality that they are not welcomed by a country that became rich, benefiting from the centuries of free labor via slavery. Also, many African-Americans are more concerned about getting a job, keeping a job, overcoming their environment, and not getting shot in their neighborhood. Eating healthy is just not seen as a major priority.
The exploitation of African-Americans in medical education and research included the use of black bodies in anatomical dissection, the medical care of slaves, the surgical experiments on slaves, and government-sponsored radiation experiments after World War II using unwitting African-Americans as guinea pigs. And, don’t forget about the notorious Tuskegee Syphilis Study, in which about 600 black men with syphilis were left untreated by the U.S. Public Health Service in an effort to study the pathology of the disease.
However, it would be remiss on my part if I did not point out that the ethical problems in medical research pertain not to race alone but to the power relations of scientific medicine. For centuries the urban poor have been exploited as “teaching material” in the great hospitals of every Western country. In America since the later 19th century, similar stories could be told about immigrants, Catholics, Jews, and others who habituated the charity wards of US teaching hospitals. Medical research has always tended to take advantage of the powerless and voiceless, whoever they might be.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, when racism in the United States was at its most intense, numerous episodes of flagrant maltreatment occurred. After World War II, as racism began to ebb, the worst of these abuses ended. However, African-Americans continued to be over-represented in clinical trials relative to their percentage of the general population. This largely reflected the fact that academic medical centers drew most of their “clinical material” from their immediate geographic surroundings — areas that were often heavily black in demographic composition.
Today, many African-Americans do not have a good relationship with Western Medicine for various reasons including insufficient healthcare, language barriers, and negative perceptions. During the 1900s-1960s, African-Americans did not have the types of jobs where the company paid for their healthcare. As a result, many African-Americans could not afford to go to the doctor, and relied upon their great grandmother or other older relative to provide herb mixtures and other concoctions. However, after the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, more African-Americans acquired jobs working in Corporate America. As a result, more African-Americans obtain healthcare insurance and now could afford to visit the doctor.
Ironically, this didn’t really help to improve the health of African-Americans. Instead, they relied upon the knowledge of the doctor and trusted the doctor, who “pushed” a lot of drugs onto the African-American families. During the next 30 years, African-Americans gradually became one of the top consumers of OTC and prescription drugs. Coincidentally, during that same time frame, the overall health of African-Americans deteriorated and the number of deaths associated with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes increased dramatically.
During that same time, the medical industry worked hand-in-hand with the pharmaceutical companies to increase their revenue and profits tremendously, such that the pharmaceutical industry has become a trillion-dollar revenue-making industry.
Despite the terrible history that African-Americans have had with Western Medicine, most African-Americans believe that drugs really work and believe that the drugs give them the freedom to eat poorly – without realizing that the drugs actually contribute to their poor health. This misperception is reinforced by the doctor who plays the “blame game” and implies that your disease is due to your family genes, your diet, your lifestyle, and your age. Although this is true to some degree, for the most part, these are excuses that transfer the blame from the doctor to the patient. There’s nothing wrong with that – as long as the patient realizes that they are responsible for their health, not their doctor.
Now, doctors are good people – they do the best they can, but the reality is that doctors are trained to push the drugs, and we as patients gladly accept the drugs. Western Medicine is a business, not a service, which is designed to generate massive profits – for the doctors and the pharmaceutical companies – at the expense of the patient’s health. Unfortunately, this is not going to change – until the patient gets smarter and realizes that he must reject the drugs and find alternative solutions.
Compared to Caucasian-Americans, African-Americans experience higher rates of diabetes complications such as eye disease, kidney failure and amputations. Some factors that influence these complications are lack of knowledge, apathy, the false belief in Western Medicine’s drugs, high blood pressure, cigarettes smoking and a lack of exercise. It is unfortunate that so many diabetics, particularly African-Americans do not eat better or exercise. In the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) survey, “Fifty percent of African American men and sixty-seven percent of African American women reported that they participated in little to no leisure time physical activity.” There is obviously still a sense of apathy in many Americans, particularly African Americans when it comes to caring for diabetes.
All of us need to become more aware of how we end up taking more and more drugs, and not improving our health.
- When a person doesn’t feel well, he goes to the drugstore to get an OTC drug to relieve the discomfort.
- When that stops working, he goes to the doctor, who prescribes a drug for the problem.
- When that stops working, the doctor increases the dosage of the prescribed drug, or the doctor prescribes a stronger drug, a new drug, or a combination of drugs.
- When that doesn’t work or stops working, the doctor recommends some extreme drug therapy or surgery.
At no point during this “journey to illness” did anyone question the overuse of ineffective drugs. Why? Because doctors are trained to push the drugs and offer them as the solution. And, we. as the patients, take the drugs and don’t push back for a better solution.
Regardless of your race or culture, we can all agree that healthcare costs are rising, and will continue to rise because Western Medicine is “a big business”, not a service for the American public. And, the sooner the public realizes this, the sooner they’ll realize that the state of their health should be in their control, not the control of the healthcare system.
The “Isolation” of African-Americans in America
There is anta large percege of African-Americans who don’t have a computer and access to the Internet. Unfortunately, this leads to “knowledge isolation” and a lack of understanding about how diabetes and other diseases really work. Because of this isolation, many African-Americans suffer unnecessarily, and are unaware of Amazon.com, YouTube, BlackInAmerica.com, WebMD, and other Internet platforms that can expand their knowledge in nutrition and alternative medicine , and understand the dangers of Western medicine and its dependence on drugs.
We attribute this to several factors. Of course, our findings do not apply to all African-Americans, and these reasons are not associated with just African-Americans. Other ethnic cultures suffer similar isolation issues.
1. Many African-Americans are nutrient-deficient, making them more susceptible to diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. For example, African-Americans do not eat lean protein foods such as nuts, seed, and wild salmon, and are therefore deficient in Omega-3 EFAs. African-Americans eat more nutrient-poor fast foods than other ethnic groups, consuming excess animal fat and refined carbohydrates. Also, African-Americans do not get enough exposure to the sun, and consequently are Vitamin D deficient.
2. Some African-Americans will spend money for cosmetics, hair products and going to the beauty salon, but they are not as willing to spend money for their health, e.g. health book, health coaching appointments, health plan, health seminar, diabetes workshop.
3. Some African-Americans will spend money for the doctors and their drugs, but not for health-related products or services.
4. Some African-Americans are more concerned (and rightly so) about having enough money to buy any kind of food, let alone “healthy” food.
5. Some African-Americans are struggling just to stay alive –eating healthy is not a priority. “Eating healthy” is seen as a luxury, not something that is mandatory.
6. African-Americans struggle with bigger problems than “health” — not realizing that good Health and Wealth are connected.
7. African-Americans have to deal with various social “isms” and overcome other struggles that majority Caucasian-Americans don’t have to deal with on a daily basis, e.g. racism, elitism.
8. Some African-Americans do not believe that they are worthy and intelligent. due to racism and other “isms” in our society. They are unaware of their rich heritage and their powerful history. Did you know that some of the original mathematicians and engineers were of African heritage?
9. More than 97% of African-American homes have a TV, but less than 15% own a computer, creating an “isolation” phenomena.
10. Some African-Americans have a very strong belief in their doctors and their drugs — despite the abuse of African-Americans by the medical profession in the 1900s and 1940s, and the biases of the healthcare system.
11. Some African-Americans don’t have the disposable income to buy health-related and nutrition-based books.
12. Some African-Americans no longer leverage the power of the black church — as they did in the past. For example, it was the black church that educated blacks when it was against the law for blacks to read or go to school.
13. Some African-American churches and pastors ignore the sections of the Bible that discuss nutrition. Ironically, many of the church leaders (as well as the congregation) struggle with health issues, many of which are directly connected to poor eating habits.
14. Some African-Americans tend to have a strong faith and belief in God, but when they get sick, they along with their pastorsand church leaders choose the man-made drugs over God’s foods!
15. African-American homogeneous groups (i.e. black fraternities, sororities, clubs, churches) tend to sponsor mostly entertainment-type events such as concerts, shows, parties, etc. and demonstrate very little interest in health-related events.
16. African-Americans are unaware of the manipulation by the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Kidney Foundation, and other health organizations to use free health fairs to infiltrate black churches starting in the mid-1980s. Many of these free health fairs were sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies, who paid these organizations to infiltrate the black churches with a “trojan horse”. As a result, a larger percentage of African-Americans take medications today.
17. African-Americans are unaware of how to enjoy their favorite ethnic foods. Most dietitians have told African-Americans that they can’t eat fried chicken, bacon, grits, etc. This has led African-Americans to ignore good eating habits because most of these diet programs do not embrace ethnic foods. However, during the past several years since Mr. McCulley gave his talk at Aenon Baptist Church, he has done the research to figure out how African-Americans can enjoy their favorite foods (by transforming them into healthier foods!).
Note: Some of these statements are controversial and may upset some people, but the bottom line is that the CDC and NIH health statistics show that African-Americans (and other etnic groups) are dying faster than they should be dying. In the end, it will be their responsibility to change the way the eat and live — if they want their children to have a higher quality of life and to live longer than their parents.